Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset'

Red Maple, Swamp Red Maple

Dense clusters of red flowers in late winter offer nectar early in the season. Cardinals, chipmunks and squirrels eat the red, winged "helicopter" fruits. The stems and twigs are reddish; the buds are red; and, in fall, the leaves turn orange-red. 'Red Sunset' is one of the best cultivars available, with outstanding orange to red fall color. Swamp red maple grows faster than Norway and sugar maples, but slower than silver maple.


Height: 40-50 Feet
Spread: 40-50 Feet
Zone: 4-9
Color: Red

Red Maple Characteristics & Attributes

Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Early Spring
Nature Attraction
Specimen Planting
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Red Maple

Plant in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic soils with good drainage but grows well in average to wet, well-drained soil.


This is a big tree so give it plenty of room to reach full size.

Interesting Notes

Swamp red maple is one of the earliest blooming trees in the northeast. The flowers provide nectar for small bees, flies and beetles, which in turn attract insect-eating birds such as kinglets, phoebes, pine warblers and others.